Heartbroken? Just love chocolate? Beer drinker? Second Self Bleeding Heart Red Ale has you covered either way.
Cocoa and vanilla are the stars in Second Self Bleeding Heart, plus strawberries – new for 2019. A beer inspired by southern-style red velvet cake.
Red malts and cocoa lend the beer a festive pink color, and the vanilla is the icing on top, rounding out each sip at the end of the taste. Co-founders Jason and Chris have been developing the recipe for over eight years.
Bleeding Heart is actually part of a series of “Hearts”. Other releases have included:
- Bitter Heart – Red Ale, extensively dry hopped. Extra hoppy, extra bitter. The real Valentine’s Day beer.
- Wild Heart – Red Ale, gone sour.
Second Self Bleeding Heart Strawberry is available in 12-ounce cans and draft until March 2018.
6.9% ABV, 27 IBUs
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Birdsong Turtles on Pterodactyls, a small batch release series returns to spotlight on Valentine’s Day.
Truly a beer name you won’t forget, with a flavor you won’t forget, Turtles on Pterodactyls is first and foremost in imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. When the beer was first released 4 years ago, that’s exactly what it was. Now there’s more turtle and more Pterodactyl. Birdsong has added cinnamon, coffee from Central Coffee Company, cocoa nibs, and serrano peppers into the recipe.
One day, friendly Dino turtles were caught in a volcanic corruption – the dangers time to be slow and steady. Fortunately, the vigilant Pterodactyl Rescue Squad noticed just in time! The dactyls swoops down with a thunderous call! And hitched the turtles to the rescue vests. Hot lava covered the earth but the turtle dudes were safe and sound. Want to be a pterodactyl? Harness their brave and gentle spirits but sharing this beer with a dinosaur loving friend. Cowabunga!
Birdsong Turtles on Pterodactyls is a part of the brewery’s Take Flight Series. 16-ounce cans are available in the taproom when it opens on February 14th.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery release.
Latest Return: 2/14/19
Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti is the latest “Yeti” to join the on-going series.
The Denver, Colorado-based brewery’s Yeti Imperial Stout is easily one of the most well-known for the style in the U.S. Since its inception, the “Yeti Clan” as the brewery calls it, has grown to include Oak Aged, Chai Yeti, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti, and Barrel Aged Yeti. As 2019 gets rolling, Great Divide has released a new edition – Cherry Chocolate Yeti.
This release uses the epic Yeti Imperial Stout base and blends sour cherries and cacao nibs.
The roasty malt backbone of Yeti melds perfectly with the cherries and cacao to make this one a smooth sipper. A Yeti in a cherry orchard can be a great thing!
Great Divide Chocolate Cherry Yeti is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft.
Terrapin Liquid Bliss, the brewery’s chocolate peanut butter porter is making a return this year.
Some of you might remember this peanut buttery release as Terrapin Side Project #14 from 2014.
The cocoa nibs are the same found in Moo-Hoo from Olive & Sinclair in Nashville, Tennessee. Combine that with peanut butter powder, and dessert is served. A powdered form of peanut butter is used because fats and oils from regular peanut butter would make the beer oily, and flat when you pour it.
The brewery is releasing about 800 barrels across their entire market, making it a fairly limited release.
Terrapin Liquid Bliss is available in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year Round. Entire Terrapin Distribution.
Latest Return: January 2019
NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge returns to the brewery’s lineup again on January 25th.
The Charlotte, North Carolina based brewery touts this release as the “The chocolatey-est, most peanut buttery” version of this beer to date. NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is an imperial porter brewed with cocoa nibs and peanut butter. You really can’t go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.
A big, malty and smooth Imperial Porter brewed with a massive load of cocoa nibs to give dark chocolate notes and roasted peanut butter to add a rich twist to this imposing dark beer.
NoDa Captain Peanut Butter’s Chocolate Revenge is a taproom-only release, in 16-ounce cans on January 25th at 2 pm.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans again in mid-December.
One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall season has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.
2018 is the first production run after the brewery brought their new production facility online, so fans should expect a little more “Buni” to go around this year.
“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.
Coffee lovers will find a home here. Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut.
Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering, available at the brewery and Georgia retailers again in mid-December, 2018.
Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa.
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In the world of imperial stouts filled with various dessert-like additions, Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist stands alone. This big bottle of ridiculous is how you make a decadent pastry stout.
Big Bad Baptist was supposed to be released under another name – Jack Mormon Imperial Stout, back in 2011. Epic Brewing made a barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with Jack Mormon roasters coffee. Unfortunately, the state of Utah rejected the “Mormon” name, even though it was a homage to their coffee roaster.
Brewery co-founder Dave Cole is a California Baptist and decided to integrate his real-life “Big Bad Baptist” roots into the name.
In that first year, Big Bad Baptist scored a 100 on RateBeer.com, and still maintains that high mark today.
Since the launch, variants of this coveted imperial stout have been released, including a Double Barrel, Triple Barrel, and Big Bad Baptista Imperial Stout. Each one takes a creative step forward. Now there’s Epic Quadruple Barrel Baptist and it really is the best Baptist we’ve ever had.
The brewers at Epic racked their imperial stout to both whiskey and rum barrels. Meanwhile, the team barrel-aged their own coffee beans, coconuts, and almonds. Basically, the only thing that’s not barrel-aged is the cocoa nibs. You might read all that and think, there’s just too much going on here.
You’re not wrong. There are some imperial stouts out there that are packed with chocolate, vanilla, strawberries, lactose, even cookies, and cereal. Some taste great. Some of these coveted imperial stouts are just muddled in flavor. That’s how Epic got this beer right. Scroll up and read everything the brewery put in the beer. Now read the next paragraph.
Every flavor is present in every sip. Your first taste starts with this rich, chocolaty imperial stout which gives way to a balance of subtle almond, coffee, and coconuts that finishes with a mix of vanilla oak and toasted rum sugar. That’s what blew us away. All these flavors are very much there in a beautiful balance, from start to finish. To us, that’s the crossroad of imagination and brewing talent. Epic didn’t just throw all the buzz-worthy additions to a barrel-aged imperial stout and expect a line outside. This is a symphony of barrel blending, and we were some morose tipsy folks when the bottle ran dry.
Epic Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist is available in 22-ounce bottles – an extremely limited release hitting distribution now.
Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade.
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyermann Light Munich Malt I, 2-Row Chocolate Malt 2-Row Black Malt, Roasted Barley.
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Extremely Limited Release.
Debut: Late Oct/Nov 2018